Alain Whyte

Alain Whyte
Whyte playing guitar at a Morrissey concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, 2000
Background information
Birth nameAlain Gordon Whyte
Born (1967-07-03) 3 July 1967 (age 51)
Camden, London, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • composer
  • singer
  • Guitar
  • piano
  • vocals
Years active1991–present
Associated acts

Alain Gordon Whyte (pronounced Alan) (born 3 July 1967) is an English musician, songwriter, composer and singer. He is best known for being Morrissey's main songwriting partner and guitarist between 1991 and 2007.[1] (Several Morrissey–White compositions were also released as late as 2009, after Whyte had left Morrissey's band.)

Prior to 1991, Whyte previously been in the bands Rugcutters, Red Lightning, Motivators, Born Bad and the Memphis Sinners.[2] More recently, he has written for the likes of Madonna, Chris Brown, Rihanna, the Black Eyed Peas among many others. He won an ASCAP pop award in 2013 for his work as a songwriter on Chris Brown's hit single "Don't Wake Me Up".[3]

Personal life[]

Currently Whyte resides in Los Angeles, California. His name is pronounced in the English style, i.e. as if it were "Alan White".


Whyte joined Morrissey's band in 1991 after appearing in the music video for his single "Sing Your Life". While playing on the Kill Uncle tour in 1991, Whyte co-wrote eight of the ten songs on the album Your Arsenal which was subsequently released in 1992. Whyte played lead guitar live with Morrissey from 1991 to 2004 until he was taken ill and replaced by Jesse Tobias. Whyte never returned to the touring act, however he continued to play on Morrissey studio recordings through 2007, and compose music for Morrissey songs through 2009.

Whyte has co-written and/or performed on all of Morrissey's albums issued between 1992 and 2009: Your Arsenal (1992), Vauxhall and I (1994), Southpaw Grammar (1995), Maladjusted (1997), You Are the Quarry (2004), Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006), and Years of Refusal (2009). As of Years of Refusal, Alain Whyte has a total of 80 known songwriting crs with Morrissey.

Songwriting crs with other artists[]








Songs written for TV[]


Songwriting crs with Morrissey[]

As of Years of Refusal, Whyte has 80 known songwriting crs with Morrissey. Whyte's crs include:

Your Arsenal (1992)

Vauxhall and I (1994)

Southpaw Grammar (1995)

Maladjusted (1997)

You Are the Quarry (2004)

Ringleader of the Tormentors (2006)

Years of Refusal (2009)

Swords (2009)

Non-album singles and B-sides

Unreleased tracks

Other projects[]



Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams[]

Red Lightning[]


Of Morrissey's 51 currently released singles, Whyte has written 17. However, Whyte did not join Morrissey's band until 1991. Since 1991, Morrissey has released 40 singles giving Whyte the cr of writing just less than half of Morrissey's singles since that time.


† Written by Whyte

Morrissey & Siouxsie[]

Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams[]



  1. ^ Strong, Martin Charles; Peel, John (25 October 2004). The great rock discography. Canongate U.S. pp. 1040–. ISBN 978-1-84195-615-2. Retrieved 7 July 2011.
  2. ^ "Alain Whyte | The Daily". 1997-05-08. Archived from the original on 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2014-08-24.
  3. ^ "Most Performed Songs". Retrieved 2014-08-24.

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